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Invitation for Public Comment: Proposed Strategic Initiatives for Improved DNS SSR and Global DNS-CERT Business Case

12 February 2010

Update 23 March 2010

ICANN is today opening public comment periods on two documents related to DNS security, stability and resiliency – a Proposed Strategic Initiatives for Improved DNS Security, Stability and Resiliency (SSR) [PDF, 177 KB] and a Global DNS-CERT Business Case [PDF, 601 KB]. Both documents are being published for community consideration and input in advance of the ICANN meeting in Nairobi, and ICANN will conduct an open consultation on the papers at the Nairobi meeting.

The Proposed Strategic Initiatives for Improved DNS SSR paper presents the rationale, key features and projected costs of two strategic initiatives that ICANN believes are necessary to fulfill its obligations under its bylaws, the 2009 Affirmation of Commitments, and the 2010-2013 ICANN Strategic Plan. This paper provides a basis for a multi-stakeholder discussion of these proposed initiatives, ICANN's responsibilities in establishing proposed capabilities and how the community might proceed in organizing efforts to support such initiatives. High-level staffing and resource implications are identified but funding alternatives for these initiatives are not analyzed.

In addition to the Strategic Initiatives paper, the Global DNS-CERT Business Case paper describes the case for the creation of a Domain Name System-Computer Emergency Response Team (DNS-CERT) devoted to both proactive and reactive measures related to DNS security, stability and resiliency would lessen the impact of future attacks against or failures of the system. The paper includes a description of the operational concept, services analysis, and suggested governance and funding models.

Comments on the Proposed Strategic Initiatives paper submitted to strat-ini-ssr@icann.org will be considered until 14 Apr 2010 23:59 UTC. Comments may be viewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/strat-ini-ssr/.

Comments on the Global DNS-CERT Business Case submitted to dns-cert-proposal@icann.org will be considered until 14 Apr 2010 23:59 UTC. Comments may be viewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/dns-cert-proposal/.

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